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Lots of village events for the Summer, dates below and further info to come    Also below, info and guidance for Event Organisers and news of a Safety Consultation by NCCSP

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

A lockdown project – people had many different ways of keeping busy during lockdown. As you can see from his smile, Robert’s new porch at Kingsley House on The Street has turned out very well despite our unusually unpredictable weather this year.

Photo by Annie Dinsdale 

Let us know if you had a special project and send a photo of you want to show it off! 

Better WiFi Broadband – an eagle eyed resident spotted a a possible Broadband improvement opportunity which is currently being looked at. The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas. Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses are available to help cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps. It needs to be a collective application, so if your interested please let me know via resotan@aol.com. Link here for more details – https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

Some very important local info so headline billing….click on the links below

Healthwatch Norfolk Cancer Project 
NALC Campaigns – Reduce Single Use Waste Campaign  & Be Prepared For Flooding 

ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

Shotesham Parish Council with PCC and SVA – Contacts for assistance if required remain:-

Bob Harris.         550672.   hill.cottage@btinternet.com
Jeff Gough.        550358.   clerk.shotesham@outlook.com
Heather Jackson 550785.   heatherbelljackson@btinternet.com
Ken Munro         550736.   resotan@aol.com

Services available in or around the village.. some suppliers available for anyone not wishing to visit shops, click this link 

The DIARY – Click here

Willow Weaving – lots of weaving done at Christine’s, and here’s the photos to prove it!

Shotesham Park Estate Walk – Shotesham Park is pleased to invite you to an ‘Estate Walk’ to take place on Sunday 27th June at 3 pm from the Hall. The walk will be followed by a BBQ at approx 7pm. Numbers are limited but all ages are very welcome. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate any dogs. We will be walking for at least an hour in total, so please wear suitable clothes and footwear. Please RSVP by 14th June with names and numbers to jonnott@shoteshampark.co.uk 

The SVA are fully (if a little tentatively) up and running again and, although the Duck Race has had to be cancelled for this year, here are some dates for diaries later in the year.

Tour de Shotesham – returns to normal this year with a collective cycle round (& round etc) our normal course on Sunday 18th July starting and finishing at the Globe.      
The (not quite a) Village Fete – A smaller event than normal on Saturday 21st August, this will be our first attempt at a larger gathering and as such will be an open invitation for Shotesham residents and immediate friends only.
Shotesham Cinema will receive a warm welcome for it’s return in September. 
Barn Dance – if everything keeps progressing, we hope this event will be back to it’s normal standard on Saturday 25th September, although at a different venue.

More details to come but all of these will, of course, depend on the progress of Unlockdown, so keep an eye on the website – www.shotesham.com and our email system, which, if you don’t already have your email address on the list, we’d be more than pleased to add it. Contact Emma at emmahandbury@hotmail.com or Ken at resotan@aol.com.

Elephants, Rubies and Pugs, Saturday 3rd July, 9am – 11am – A Norfolk Commons Week event by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Join us as we open up moth traps to discover some of the moths that live in Shotesham.  After opening the trap we will then go on a walk around the common to see what other wildlife we can find.
Leader: Andy Musgrove (see link below to Andy’s Shotesham Wildlife website)
Location: Shotesham Common, South Norfolk
Sara and Jim Webber – are having an Open Garden at Clifton House, The Street, Shotesham, in aid of EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice) on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July – 11am-5pm. Entry £5, children free, Parking on the Playing Field. Come and enjoy teas, plant stall, games, quiz, raffle in a 3.5 acre garden with parterre, wildflower meadow, vegetable garden.

If you would like more information or could help for some of the weekend on the stalls, car parking etc please contact Sara Webber 01508 550190 or webber.sj@btinternet.com

Walking in Shotesham –  Village Walks are back up and running and finally we have the sun to accompany us 🌞 ! On Sunday 13th June there’ll be a picnic walk led by Tom and Jane, meet at Trinity at 10.15 as always.

Awaiting some up to date photos, but in the meantime here’s a reprise of our 2020’s walks, courtesy of Judie……
Winter Sunshine and new life (and walking) coming…

Photos by Judie

…and winter wildlife, courtesy of Tom Higgin

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

SVA donations, many thanks to everyone who has given a donation for membership of the Shotesham Village Association to date. Obviously we would like to have everyone in Shotesham as members, and don’t forget that for only £3 per adult, you can continue to get all the SVA service you know and love! You can make your contribution by bank transfer to account name Shotesham Village Association – A/C no. 23782145, sort code 60-15-31. Please use your surname & SVA (e.g. Munro SVA) as a reference. 

Or return the completed form (click here) to – Raz Woollacott, 5 the Grove, The Street, Shotesham All Saints. NR15 1XJ, or Ken Munro, Flint Cottage, The Common, Shotesham All Saints. NR15 1YD with cash subscription or a cheque payable to Shotesham Village Association.

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email ProviderLetters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem,  click here  for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!! 

Community information….

The Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) has launched an eight-week consultation to understand what residents believe will make Norfolk a safer place to live, work and visit, click here for more info and to share your views.

South Norfolk Council has issued a couple of guides to assist anyone planning an event as we continue to recover from COVID lockdowns, you can read them here.   

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!.

NALC Campaigns – Reduce Single Use Waste Campaign  & Be Prepared For Flooding 

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

Rural Services NorfolkFebruary bulletin

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Local Police info – latest Covid update 16th April – Covid Update  & Crime Prevention Bulletin 

First update from our new Norfolk Police Commissioner – May Newsletter

Selected older news items are retained on the “News archive” page)